Portuguese regulator fails to agree position on Altice Media Capital deal

October 19, 2017 / By http://www.digitaltveurope.net/ Portuguese media, communication and society regulator the Entitade Reguladora para a Communição Social (ERC) has failed to reach a consensus decision on Altice’s proposed acquisition of the country’s leading commercial broadcast group, Media Capital. The ERC, responding to competition watchdog the AdC’s consultation on the deal, said it was unable…

Algeria: Leading News Website TSA Partially Blocked in Algeria

October 12, 2017 / By Reporters sans Frontières (Paris) The TSA website has been inaccessible via Algérie Télécom, the country’s state-owned traditional Internet Service Provider, and via Mobilis, the state-owned mobile Internet provider, since 5 October. Algérie Télécom did not formally answer TSA on the reasons for the blocking. In an interview for Radio Chaîne 3 on…

NCA fine harsh, rushed and laughable – GIBA

October 2, 2017 / By Ghana| Myjoyonline & Abubakar Ibrahim, My Joy Online Vice President of the Ghana Independent Broadcasting Association (GIBA) has described as harsh and laughable, the over ¢1.2 billion fines slapped on some radio stations by the National Communication Authority (NCA). Ernest Boateng said the Authority did not give the stakeholders the opportunity…

Google’s New Search Engine Bias is No Accident

October 1, 2017 / by Jonathan Cook Alternet has gone public with concerns about the way Google and Facebook have limited traffic to its website and, more generally, undermined access to progressive and independent media. Its traffic from web searches has dropped precipitously – by 40 per cent – since Google introduced new algorithms in the summer. Other big…

Draconian NCA fines troubling – NDC Minority

September 29, 2017 / By Nathan Gadugah The Minority in Parliament has described as “draconian” fines slapped on defaulting radio stations by the National Communications Authority. In a statement, the group insists the action by the regulator is “troubling” and may have “grave implications for press freedom and media pluralism.” The statement comes a day after…

La FEP denuncia presión política sobre los medios en Europa

September 24, 2017 / By Tercera Información.es El presidente de la Federación Europea de Periodistas (FEP), Mogens Blicher Bjerregård, rechaza «el creciente control político sobre los medios» El presidente de la Federación Europea de Periodistas (FEP), Mogens Blicher Bjerregård, defiende en su editorial del último newsletter de la organización que «la libertad de expresión es…

Press Freedom: Lessons That Big Democracies Like America And India Should Draw From Their Smaller Counterparts

September 20, 2017 / By Jhinuk Chowdhury At a time when the Fourth Estate of the world’s most powerful democracy—the US—is beginning to worry about the fate of its freedom of expression under the new Trump administration, some of the lesser known heroes of democracy—in Latin America, the Caribbean and Africa—are making significant strides in guaranteeing a free and an…